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Mumbai’s Rocky Ride: 100 potholes on a Rs 32-crore flyover

Starting today, The Indian Express visits the city’s worst roads where potholes have reduced traffic to a back-breaking crawl

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai |
September 27, 2016 1:39:34 am
hindmata flyover, bmc, brihanmumbai municipal corporation, dadar flyover, sunil more, india news, mumbai news Hindmata flyover in Dadar: Traffic on this critical north-south connecting main road (above and below) is a long, painful ride. Ganesh Shirsekar

THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has spent Rs 29 crore on road repairs just before this monsoon, would like the residents of the city to believe there are only 46 potholes across the city. But if you walk across Hindmata flyover in Dadar, central Mumbai, it’s a simple task to count more than 100 potholes on this single flyover.

The flyover on the arterial Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marg is one of the main reasons that traffic on this critical north-south connecting main road is a long, painful ride even during non-peak hours.

The 500-metre flyover is filled with huge potholes in the middle wherein traffic comes to a standstill even in the afternoon. The flyover — constructed at a cost of Rs 32 crore — was inaugurated in 2010 by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Six years later, now handed over to the BMC for maintenance, the people of Mumbai cannot believe any work was ever done to maintain this surface.

Driving southwards, motorists have to slow down immediately after a 50-metre length that is built of cement concrete. The rest of the flyover is one long bumpy ride, the potholes deep and alarming. At the south-end, there is another 50-metre cement concrete stretch with no potholes.

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Sunil More, local Congress corporator, said he has been raising this issue at various levels in the civic body. “Last week,

I raised the issue in the standing committee, and with the ward office and other officials. The civic administration maintained that due to the continuous rainfall, they were not able to fill the potholes. In two days, potholes will be filled,” said More.

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